Coal’s new life is making a big splash

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UNESCO-world heritage site Zollverein invites you for a swim

Do you need a break from culture while in Essen? We’ve got something for you. On site of the world-renowned former coal pit „Zeche Zollverein“ you can enjoy a cooling splash during the summer in their modern pool. It is quite stunning! The backdrop of this old coal mine is extraordinary, you won’t ever swim like this again.  


The pool was created for the art project „Zeitgenössische Kunst und Kritik“ (Contemporary Art and Criticism) by artists Dirk Paschke and Daniel Milohnic. It is a symbol of the structural change of the former coal region Ruhr. And it is said that the 12 x 5 meter pool is one of the „most exciting locations for swimming in Germany“.  

From Coal to Pool

Two containers, welded together, are THE main summer attraction in Essen’s northern parts. Lots of locals around, gathering here with the whole family to enjoy their free time. Very cool: the containers have been fitted with holes below the waterline allowing guests to view the inside of the pool.

And we saved the best for last: A visit to the pool is completely free of charge!

Address: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Kokereiallee, 45141 Essen

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